Jonathan Thomas

Jonathan Thomas

Jonathan Thomas,
Elementary / Mathematics Education


Office: MEP 271

Phone: 859-572-6580

Assistant Professor


Academic Qualifications:

  • Ed.D. University of Cincinnati, Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics Education
  • M. Ed. University of Cincinnati, Educational Leadership
  • B.A. University of Kentucky, Elementary Education

Teaching Interests:

  • Elementary mathematics education

Research Interests:

  • Teacher Noticing
  • Quantitative Imagery
  • Learning Trajectories

My work in the education profession has been the most challenging and rewarding thing I have ever done.  My primary area of focus is elementary mathematics education. Presently, my research is in the areas of Teacher Noticing, Quantitative Imagery, and Learning Trajectories, but I am interested in so many aspects of teaching and learning including child-teacher interaction patterns and the nature of educational policymaking.  Prior to my NKU faculty appointment, I served as a mathematics intervention specialist working with struggling elementary and middle-grades students in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.  I am fascinated by the paths that children take as they come to understand quantity.  I find mathematics teaching and learning to be a rich and rewarding area of education.  In my mind, there is nothing quite as exhilarating as watching a child make connections and grow mathematically. 

As a university faculty member, part of my role is to generate new knowledge in the field of mathematics education. Towards this end, my research is aimed at finding new and innovative ways to help new teachers develop responsive mathematics teaching practices and I work very hard to ensure that my own teaching is informed by leading-edge research in the field.